We are down to the final two Swallowtail chrysalis and this morning as I sat at my computer, Catherine, who’s spending the day, pointed to the 5ltr water bottle on my desk and exclaimed: ”Look, Ark, there’s a butterfly in the bottle.” I hadn’t even noticed! And then there was one … Cindy has … More It fluttered by – through the eyes of a child.
Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar (Acherontia atropos) After a fairly hurried photo shoot – not wanting to stress the caterpillar, and a quick Google search for info- it was deposited in one of the cut transparent 5 ltr water bottles I use for seedlings atop of some potato leaves and about three inches of dirt. … More Look What The Cat Dragged In
A rarely encountered Bark Mantis, rescued from the paws of one of the cats. Took him, unharmed away from the cat and placed him outside in a tree. And now you can see … or rather not see … why they are rarely encountered! Ark
I awoke this morning to discover two of the remaining four Swallowtails completing the final transition to adulthood. One had fully emerged from its cocoon and was already hanging from the side of the water bottle drying its wings. The second, was still busy. I managed a couple of shots. Not the best of … More It fluttered by: New Swallowtails
Was out of bed early this morning … 5:30 … and after making a coffee and pottering about for a bit I went into my office and was greeted by this … Having emerged from its cocoon not long before this shot was taken. I coaxed it from the plastic container, and it eagerly climbed … More It fluttered by. All Change!
Female Orange-Winged Dropwing. Front garden – 23/11/19 Ark
Kirby’s Dropwing. 12/11/19 Ark
Hummingbird Hawkmoth. 29/10/19 Ark
Thyreus Bee parks off for an afternoon snooze. The bee secures itself ( in this case to Lavender) using its mouth parts. Ark
Red Veined Darter. Female. 28/10/19 Ark.
Hummingbird Hawkmoth drinks from Lavender this morning. 28/10/19 Ark
Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli) Pea Blue or Long-Tailed Blue (Lampides Boeticus). Male. Photographed yesterday afternoon. Ark